Is 2012 the last year of life on earth?We’ve all heard December 21, 2012 is the end of the Long Count Mayan calendar, the supposed end of time. Of course, what this means, and what will actually happen, no one really knows. It’s a great adventure for all of us!In the recent book “2012 and the End of the World” authors Matthew Restall and Amara Solari describe Western civilization’s expansion across the Atlantic brought apocalyptic ideas which flourished in North America. And when a predicted apocalypse did not materialize, doomsday predictions never disappeared. They simply jumped from one supposed end-of-world date to the next. “In recent decades,” say the authors, “no year has escaped prophecies of doom; regardless of when you are reading these words, you will find online a prediction that the end is months, if not days, away.”One of the affirmations I say on regular basis is “I wisely choose to surround myself with energy that uplifts and expands me.” I have a very low tolerance for people/ideas/and energy that tire and drain me – doomsday predictions being one of them! It becomes a responsibility of mine (to myself) to either remove myself from the negatively draining situations/energy/people or actively engage to shape them toward a more positive and uplifting direction. While the world we live in is certainly changing, and lots of things ARE coming to an end – my bet is that we will all be here to continue this journey into 2013 and well beyond.Since we’ll all be here going forward, one of the most important and fulfilling things we can be doing is living our life’s purpose! Here I will dispel for you seven myths of life purpose I have discovered through research, working with others, and through my own life experience. These myths are part of Step 6 of my coaching system which is “Design and Align Your Life Around Your Passions.”Once you’ve found your passions, you’ve got to get your life around you pulling for them. Let go of the old and bring in the new, by saying no to old patterns and behaviors that are no longer part of the new you and saying YES to those things that are!We all have important work to do on this planet in the short lives that we live; it’s essential that we get our lives focused on our passions so we’re engaging them on a daily basis. Mentally, spiritually, emotionally, physically, your environment, your relationships, how you spend your time each day and the choices you are making in each moment, how you spend and invest your money – all of these can be aligned with your greatest passion, your purpose and mission in life. When this starts happening for you it feels soooo good, because you are finally on your path and doing what you are here to do.Now, I want to be clear this is not something that happens overnight; like most things, it’s a process, taken one step at a time. However, done consciously, it can happen relatively quickly. Moment by moment saying YES to your passions and what is on your path, and NO to what is not on your path, begins to get you aligned. Your life force energy flows into your dreams and you begin to manifest them.To help you align your life with your purpose and passions here are seven of the most common MYTHS that hold you back from fully realizing who you are:Myth #1: “It’s too late for me” or “I’m too old and missed my chance.”Reality: It’s NEVER too late. If you’re still here, you are here for a reason (nothing exists without one) and you have time. Get on with it.Myth #2: “Leap and ‘my wings will grow’ on the way down” or “Leap and a net will appear.”Reality: Plan, plan, and plan, then leap and GROW YOUR WINGS on the way down. Do not expect them to grow by themselves – they won’t. With regards to the net, put your own net there, then leap. Again, don’t expect one to magically appear for you; better to put it there yourself.Myth #3: “Do what you love and the money will follow.”Reality: No it won’t. If that happens for some people, it’s out of pure luck, because this is NOT a law. Manifesting money, like manifesting anything else in life, requires focus and competence. To the extent you focus on manifesting money and build your competence in that arena, while at the same time doing what you love, it’s quite likely that money will flow from your efforts.Myth #4: “You can be anything you want.”Reality: No you can’t. Please avoid torturing yourself with this fallacy. While there is a relatively wide range of creative roles you can engage on your authentic life path, you have a specific purpose and a unique mission in life. The Universe has a plan for you – recognize and embrace it. That is your access to the life of fulfillment you so desire.Myth #5: “The purpose of life is material success” or “If one is successful in the material area of life, then they are successful in all areas of life.”Reality: The purpose of life is spiritual evolution, the constant expansion of your capabilities to be and manifest who you are. This is typically achieved by overcoming adversity and challenge, barriers both real and perceived. Manifesting material goods is only ONE aspect of the challenge. People who are good at that may or may not be evolving spiritually. In other words, we can expand our bank accounts without expanding who we are in other areas.Myth #6: “You need formal education, training, and credentials to make a difference.”Reality: You need competence to make a difference. This is developed and obtained in many ways, of which formal education and training is only one. In addition, when you are on the path of your authentic purpose, you do not need “others” to validate you. If you’ve done your work to become the open channel for life force you’re meant to be, then the Universe is your credentials and authority, and others will instinctively know that. People will get that your power comes from the Universe, NOT from external credentials or letters after your name. God, Universal Intelligence, Great Spirit, Source is the most powerful credential there is; align with God, give your life over to “him,” and others will intuitively know where you are coming from (authentic Life Force Energy will be flowing).Myth #7: “If anything is going to happen, it’s up to me to make it happen.”Reality: Non-local intelligence has infinite organizing power and can make things happen far beyond what our little physical selves may be able to think about, much less orchestrate. The Universe will make things happen IF the local intent/desire is aligned (authentic), i.e. the clarity of the local channel will determine the efficiency of the non-local power. Your job is to maximize the clarity of the local channel (get your self, small “s,” out of the way) and make room for non-local intelligence and power to express through you.How do you get your self, small “s” out of the way? Finding your passions and aligning your life with your personal well-spring of life force energy is a major objective and benefit of my coaching systemTry this:A very simple way to identify what is aligned with your life purpose is to look at what gives you energy vs. what takes it.. Those things that give you energy, that you look forward to and really enjoy, are most likely aligned with your life purpose. Those things that you dread and resist, are most likely not aligned with your life purpose.Take out a piece of paper right now, draw a line down the middle and label the left column “Gives energy to me” and label the right column “Takes energy from me.” Then write down all the things you do each day, putting them in the column that best represents how you feel before, during, and after that activity. If you feel mostly positively energized, put it in the “Gives energy to me” column. If you feel mostly negatively drained, put it in the “Takes energy from me” column.Then look back over the columns. See if you notice any patterns – are there common themes you see regarding the things that give you energy? Are there common themes for the things that take energy from you? Next choose one or more things on the list of items that give you energy and decide right now to do MORE of those things. Then, choose things on the list of items that take energy from you and decide to do LESS of those things.Congratulations – you are one step closer to aligning with your life purpose and accessing your good mojo!